Ever since I became a Christian I have had a hunger to learn. When I first came to Christ I mostly satisfied this with reading Christian devotional books. I was still in highschool and still making my way through novels for English class, although many of these novels I would just skim and read the spark notes for a summary with hopes to pass a test or write an essay. Now that I am homeschooling my children I have an even deeper hunger for knowledge. Although I still love my Christian devotional books, I feel a desire to expand my horizons. As I look at curriculum for my children, I see amazing history books, literature, and science books. Last year I paved the way by reading my first novels since high school. I read Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
I have realized a practical reading goal for myself is around 15 pages a day. I am a slow reader, or perhaps I reflect on what I read, but 15 pages a day takes me about thirty minutes. I usually choose to have two or three set reading times a day and aim for 5-10 pages. My goal is to read out to about 12 books a year or 3600 pages. The challenge for making a reading list is to include a variety of genres, also to choose some books you know will be easy to get through and some that may be more difficult. I also do not read one book straight through, but rather read 6 at a time and will not add another until one is done. There have been many studies that show the benefit of slow reading and that having a variety of books going keeps interest. Just as one could keep a series of shows separate in one’s head, they can also keep multiple books seperate.
Here is my reading list for the year. Edited for reality : )
Consider This by Karen Glass (completed)- Education
- Ourselves by CHarlotte Mason (started)- Philosophy & Citizenship
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brunte( completed)- Novel My Antonia by Willa Cather (Completed)* Loved this Novel! The Latin Centered Curriculum(completed) by Andrew Campbell
- A philosophy of Education by Charlotte Mason (started)- Education
- Give Them Grace by Elyes M. Fitzpartick and Jessica Thomas- PArenting ( Didn’t finish, lost interest)
- The True Path to Godliness by William Teelinch ( half way finished/ had to give back to a friend before finishing)- Devotional
- The Oxford History of the American People by Morison- Started and plan to read over a few years
I would love to hear about how you cultivate the habit of reading and what your reading! I would also love future book recommendations.